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The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist

The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist

| Father Michael Van Sloun | August 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is a doctrine — an official teaching of the Catholic Church — and a profound mystery. With the words of consecration, the whole of Christ is truly present — body, blood, soul and divinity — under the appearances of bread and wine.

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The Eucharist: mystery and invitation

The Eucharist: mystery and invitation

| Father Joseph Johnson | August 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

“This saying is hard; who can accept it?” We start this Sunday’s Gospel (Jn 6:60-69) with an objection from those Jesus is teaching and then are told that many “no longer accompanied him.” Contrast this with the first reading, in which Joshua challenges the people to “decide today whom you will serve” and they reply “far be it from us to forsake the Lord for the service of other gods.”

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Trust: Only give it to those who earn it

Trust: Only give it to those who earn it

| Father Michael Schmitz | August 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I sometimes feel like I trust the wrong people. I have been burned so many times that I just think that I shouldn’t ever trust anyone again. On top of that, there are people I know that I should respect, but I just don’t. What do I do?

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God has a plan — even for the homeless

God has a plan — even for the homeless

| Father J. Michael Byron | August 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

I will never forget the first time I visited Toronto on a summer vacation. It has all the sights, beauty and points of interest that you can imagine, but what struck me most was a sight that I observed repeatedly on normal city streets.

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The symbolism of loaves and fishes

The symbolism of loaves and fishes

| Father Michael Joncas | July 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Today we will examine the richly symbolic account of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes found in John 6:1-15.

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Transubstantiation: Not as difficult as it sounds

Transubstantiation: Not as difficult as it sounds

| Father Michael Van Sloun | July 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Transubstantiation is a doctrine or a core belief about the Eucharist. It is a technical theological term and a matter of faith that is often experienced as an intimidating concept, almost beyond comprehension, and difficult to explain. Yet, it is taught to our second graders at St. Bartholomew in preparation for their reception of first holy Communion, and once their sacramental preparation classes are completed, they are expected to be able to explain it to their parents.

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How do we live well in a world of change?

How do we live well in a world of change?

| Father Michael Schmitz | July 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I’m someone who has a very hard time dealing with change. I like to make sure that the things I have and the relationships I’m in with friends and family are long-lasting, even permanent. It saddens me greatly to think that one day I might not have these relationships.

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Nothing for the journey but Jesus

Nothing for the journey but Jesus

| Father Robert Schwartz | July 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

When I was in college, I spent summers working as an orderly at the old St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis. One of my duties was to care for an old priest, Father Paschal Kelly.

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The Eucharist and the forgiveness of sins

The Eucharist and the forgiveness of sins

| Father Michael Van Sloun | June 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

One of the greatest blessings and least known facts about the Eucharist is that, in the reception of holy Communion, a person’s venial sins are forgiven.

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Going viral with God’s message

Going viral with God’s message

| Father Tom Wilson | June 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

A diet of locusts and wild honey. A wardrobe of a hair shirt. The willingness to publicly challenge social power and influence in order to communicate God’s plan for marriage. A message of a change of heart to all who would listen. Any of these attributes or actions would garner a lot of attention on social media today. The attention might be negative or even hateful, but I can only imagine the person behind these bold eccentricities would go viral for at least a while.

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How do we find freedom amidst suffering?

How do we find freedom amidst suffering?

| Father Michael Schmitz | June 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I don’t understand how I am free. I didn’t choose to exist. I’m stuck here. I didn’t choose to have anxiety and depression. I’m stuck. Life is not worth it. If God is so good, why doesn’t he do something? Why doesn’t he give me an answer?

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The stakes of discipleship

The stakes of discipleship

| June 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Jesus of the Gospels is direct and challenging, even as the words he says are full of truth and light and grace. He is the Prince of Peace, but it is a hard peace, the price of which is too much for many — total surrender to the will of God, a will that includes the forgiveness of enemies, genuine love of the poor and a resolutely humble heart.

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